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Cowboys News & Notes: Dez Bryant Absent As Cowboys Continue Prep For Giants

After a bye week full of adjustments, the Cowboys have begun their full preparation for their Sunday afternoon clash for first place in the NFC East.

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Cowboys-Giants Rematch A Tale of Different Teams - Shawn S. Lealos, CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
The Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants to open the season, but now the Giants hope to get revenge in the rematch between the two NFC East teams. Here is a look at the Giants heading into their week seven game with the Dallas Cowboys.

The one problem with the Giants is their running game. Rashad Jennings is still the lead back but has only run for 243 yard and one touchdown on the season. His backup Andre Williams has added 127 yards and one touchdown, but the two only combine for 61 rushing yards a game. That puts way too much pressure on Manning to win games on his own.

Jason Garrett: Tony Romo ‘Making Progress’ In Recovery - Jason Rowan, Yardbarker.com
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett on Wednesday said that while Tony Romo has a long way to go in his recovery from a fractured left clavicle, the quarterback is "making progress."

"Obviously he can’t do anything on the practice field, he’s four games away from doing it," Garrett said,via The Dallas Morning News. "But I think he’s made progress, he’s moving around better. I think there is some things that are uncomfortable for him, but I think as you look at how he’s healed, everything has been positive up to this point."

Dez Bryant Not At Cowboys Practice, Status In Doubt For Giants Game - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys
Bryant was the only Cowboys player who didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.

The first step in that process would have been for Bryant to take part in practices, even on a limited basis. Jason Garrett has already said that Bryant would need to practice this week and show the signs that he is physically able to compete, That didn't happen on Wednesday.

From Vets to Rookies, Players Excited About One World Observatory Trip - Nick Eatman, Dallas Cowboys
Jason Garrett loves to motivate a group of men and one of his better methods has been showing them parts of life that are bigger than the game of football. He plans on adding another historical trip come Friday.

"I think any time you get a unique opportunity to see something like that, it’s inspirational for your team," tight end Jason Witten said. "We had a similar experience last year in London and even more so, it hits home for all of us."

What A Collaboration Between Cowboys, Nike Will Do To Protect Dez Bryant On His Return - Brandon George, Dallas Morning News
The Dallas Cowboys have a plan in place for how receiver Dez Bryant will protect his surgically repaired right foot when he does return to the field. It starts with a pairing with Nike.

Nike re-worked Bryant's game cleats so that his right shoe is now wider than the left one. Nike made the right shoe wider for Bryant because they strengthened a plate that is already built into the outside of the shoe to better protect Bryant's foot when he returns to the field.

Cowboys Spotlight: Decorated Giants QB Manning Tends To Run Hot, Cold - Charean Williams, The Star-Telegram
The Cowboys hope to get them a piece of the Eli Manning that they watched on Monday Night Football, but with Eli, you never know.

Who has to stop him? The Cowboys have allowed only one 300-yard passer this season, and that was Drew Brees in Week 4. But they have only two interceptions and only three total takeaways. Their cornerbacks still are seeking their first pick of the season. Starting cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr have combined for 43 tackles and five passes defensed, while allowing 30 receptions for 396 yards and a touchdown, according to STATS, Inc. Corey White has taken over for Tyler Patmon as the nickel back and has allowed three receptions for 25 yards and no touchdowns.

Five Reasons The Cowboys Will Beat The New York Giants - Thomas Duck, Cover32
The Dallas Cowboys need a win in the worst way, here's a look at the reasons why the Cowboys should win this week.

Full Pressure – For the first time in 2015, the Dallas Cowboys will have their full compliment of pass rushers. The team had to wait to get free agent acquisition Greg Hardy on the field until his four game suspension ended, and rookie defensive end Randy Gregory missed the last four games with a high ankle sprain. Now that Hardy is back, and Gregory has been declared healthy, Rod Marinelli can finally deploy all of his rushmen against the Giants offensive line on Sunday in New Jersey.

VIDEO: Will Dez Bryant Make His Return Sunday? - FOX Sports
The Dallas Cowboys have been without their star wide receiver since Week 1. The panel debates if he makes his return Sunday against the Giants?

New Offensive Wrinkles Coming For Cowboys? - Tom Ryle, Blogging The Boys
What new things might we see with Matt Cassel in at quarterback?

The Dallas Cowboys have made some significant changes to their offense to try and end the doldrums it suffered for three weeks under Brandon Weeden. Matt Cassel now will have the reins, and the hope is that he is going to be more effective. The gameplan with Weeden was very conservative. Will Scott Linehan try some things with Cassel that he would not try the past three games?

Greg Hardy Not Mincing Words On How Cowboys Can Disrupt Giants Offense - David Helman, Dallas Cowboys
Hardy is not a guy that keeps it all bottled up, today was no different as he fielded questions about how to get to Eli.

It was a matter-of-fact response from Greg Hardy, and it didn’t call for elaboration on how his defense might slow down Eli Manning this weekend. "Hit him in the mouth," he said.

Odell Beckham Wouldn't Be Surprised If Dez Bryant Plays Sunday: 'I Would Love To See Him' - Jon Machota, Dallas Morning News
As the Giants and Cowboys prepared Wednesday for their matchup this weekend, star wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Dez Bryant weren't on their respective practice fields.

"I would love to see him be out there and playing," Beckham said of Bryant during a Wednesday conference call. "But at the end of the day, he has to do what's best for himself and his family, as far as watching his health and making sure that he's able to return to the field of play."

Cassel’s Rapport With WRs Important Leading Into 1st Cowboys Start - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys
Cassel has been cramming hard for his chance to start for the Cowboys, he hopes they can have better success on offense than the last few weeks.

"My comfort level with the guys has been great," he said. "Last week I think with the bye week, having two extra days of practice, was very helpful, actually getting in there and getting some rhythm with those guys. Now it’s just about building each and every day leading up to the game.

"I think so far, so good. I haven’t had much work with them, but at the same time I think this is a veteran group and they’re doing a really good job."

Cowboys Scouting Report: What To Make Of The Up-And-Down Giants? - Drew Davison, The Star-Telegram
The New York Giants saw a three-game winning streak and their spot atop the NFC East disappear in a flurry Monday night.

Then the Giants won three straight and, just when it seemed like they were getting on the right track, they put together an embarrassing showing against the Eagles on national television.

Greg Hardy’s Team-Oriented Formula With Cowboys Includes Pain For Giants, Manning - Clarence E. Hill, The Star-Telegram
Defensive end Greg Hardy is ready to take the field again after a dominating performance against the Patriots. He also doesn't plan on playing nice.

"Let me explain something to you guys, man," Hardy said. "The defense is changing. It’s 11 guys, we play for each other, with each other. There are no special players. There’s no special answer. There’s no special formula. We work harder than anybody else and when we don’t, we lose.

"And that’s what we’re here to do. Work. Play football and work. Eleven guys, rushing, covering and working together. Period. Hands down. Any more questions?"